Feb 10, 2022 - Sports

These Buckeye hockey stars are battling in Beijing

Members of the U.S. Women's Hockey Team pose behind a net.
Former Ohio State hockey captain Jincy Dunne, far left, with fellow Team USA players before a preliminary round game on Feb. 8 in Beijing. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images

If you catch an Olympic women's hockey game on TV this month, there's a good chance you'll see a Buckeye on the ice.

Skating the news: Six Winter Olympic athletes are current, former or incoming Ohio State women's hockey players.

  • They represent five different countries at the Beijing games, including:

🇺🇸 Jincy Dunne, U.S., '19: Dunne was a four-year captain and was named OSU's Female Athlete of the Year after her senior season.

🇨🇭 Andrea Braendli, Switzerland, senior: The Swiss starting goaltender is playing in her second Olympic games.

🇸🇪 Sofie Lundin, Sweden, incoming player: Lundin has played for several seasons in a Swedish league before being recruited to play for OSU. She'll head to campus after the games.

🇨🇦 Emma Maltais, Canada, '21: Maltais is the program's single-season record-holder for points and assists.

🇨🇦 Natalie Spooner, Canada, '12: The leading scorer in program history, Spooner previously won a gold medal in 2014.

🇫🇮 Minttu Tuominen, Finland, '13: This is Tuominen's fourth Olympic games. She's won two bronze medals, in '10 and '18.

The big picture: OSU has the ninth-most athletes in the Olympics out of any NCAA school, Axios' Jeff Tracy writes, trailing Big Ten hockey powerhouses Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Data: NCAA; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: NCAA; Chart: Axios Visuals

Of note: Ohio has two more connections to this year's Olympic games.

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